Bard & Banker – Victoria, BC

On our last day in Victoria we stopped by our favourite spot, the Bard & Banker on Government Street. The building was constructed in 1885 as the Bank of British Columbia – and served as a bank until 1988. The bard in the name is Robert Service, an English-born banker and poet who moved to Victoria in 1903.

The building had a short stint as a Christmas store before the Bard & Banker Public House opened its doors in June 2008. The pub has done amazing job maintaining the lavish interior of the original bank and has a beautiful bar.

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B&B also serves up amazing cocktails, but, feeling a little cropsick from the night before, went with a soda water. Siddall however, went with a berry mojito.

I ordered, you guessed it, a half dozen oysters, Chefs Creek – Baynes Sound and a bowl of the clam chowder. Siddall went with the Salt Spring Island Mussels (white wine, leeks, mustard cream and fresh tarragon, served with fries and fresh baguette).

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The oysters were delicious – briny and fresh and emphasized by the fresh horseradish, lemon and mignonette. I would rate them at second best of the trip after The Fish Shop on Fisherman’s Wharf but they were also the most reasonable at $15 for the half dozen.

Siddall easily dispatched of the mussels, the accompanying baguette was fresh and the fries delish.

Atmosphere: 5
Food: 4
Service: 4

Bard & Banker Public House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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